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Iowa State, Ames Laboratory Scientists Advance the Understanding of the Big Getting Bigger

November 4, 2010

James Evans and Patricia Thiel Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory scientists are studying a process called coarsening, a branch of surface chemistry that examines how objects of different sizes transform into fewer objects with larger average sizes. James Evans and Patricia Thiel are using scanning tunneling microscope technology to see how coarsening happens on the surface of objects, and how it can be enhanced. They describe the emerging field in the Oct. 29 issue of the journal Science. Full Story

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